City Lights Authors in the News

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Incidents of Travel in Poetry
New and Selected Poems
Frank Lima, Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier

"Fall 2015 Fall Announcements: The Torch Carriers"

Incidents of Travel in Poetry by Frank Lima selected in the Poetry section.
"Lima (1939-2013) was the only Latino member of the New York School during its heyday. This landmark re-introduction to his work represents the full range of his poetry for the first time and includes a biographical introduction."

-Alex Crowley, Publisher's Weekly Jun 22, 2015

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Under the Affluence
Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
Tim Wise

"U.S.A., Land of Limitations"

Tim Wise's new book, Under the Affluence is mentioned in this front page article in the Sunday Review in the New York Times:
"As Tim Wise notes in a forthcoming book, 'Under the Affluence,' there’s an 'increasingly vituperative narrative of cruelty' to those at the bottom."

-Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times Aug 8, 2015

"Tim Wise Talks About an Economic System Fundamentally Rooted in Racism"

Tim Wise gave a talk at Phoenix College all about what he focuses on in his new book, Under the Affluence, namely the connection between institutional racism and the American class system.

Wise opened by proclaiming his gratitude to the activists doing day-to-day ground work to actively oppose racial discrimination, and urged the audience to support them as well."There is something fundamentally wrong with our culture when I am here speaking before you about these issues of racial inequity, structural racism, institutional white supremacy, and as I speak, Sandra Bland is dead," Wise said. "And the fact that no one. . . is prepared to utter her name. . .It tells us a lot about where we are and where we are not in our society." 

-Isabella Castillo, The State Press Jul 24, 2015

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Stars Seen in Person
Selected Journals
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart

"John Wieners Selected (Supplication) and Journals (Stars Seen in Person)"

The Allen Ginsberg Blog spotlights the two John Wieners selected works published in September—Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals (City Lights) and Supplication (Wave Books).

"Not only one but two John Wieners books coming out in the Fall. The second of these, Stars Seen In Person—Michael Seth Stewart's masterly edit of Selected Journals, (with an introduction by Ammiel Alcalay)—(pub. date for that, 15th of September)—John's first appearance with the legendary City Lights, incidentally."

-The Allen Ginsberg Blog Aug 13, 2015

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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

"Ten Books to Read in September"

Notes on the Assemblage selected by BBC as one of the ten books to read this September:

"Herrera's new bilingual collection arrives in the same month as his appointment as the 21st US Poet Laureate, and the first ever Hispanic person to hold the office, goes into effect. Herrera offers glorious reflections: 'it can begin with clouds how they fray how they enter / then how they envelop the earth. He also conjures powerful outcries, like his poem 'Ayotzinapa,' which honors '42 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School [who] went missing after police in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico opened fire on their buses and kidnapped a group of 43.' And his poem 'Almost Livin' Almost Dyin' honors Michael Brown, whose death at the hands of a police officer set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Herrera offers intimate odes to recently departed poets Wanda Coleman and Jack Gilbert, Jayne Cortez, Phil Levine, José Montoya. This is Herrera at his best, a poet who chronicles our times."

-Jane Ciabattari, BBC Aug 27, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate"

Announcement in Library Journal of Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate, and his new book published by City Lights, Notes on the Assemblage.
"Herrera begins his new job by participating in the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, and by opening the library’s annual literary season with a reading of his work at the Coolidge Auditorium on Tuesday, September 15. (That same month, City Lights will release his new collection, Notes on the Assemblage.)"

-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Jun 11, 2015

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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

"Henry Giroux interviewed on Forthright Radio"

"Henry Giroux has a new book, published by City Lights Books, co-written with Brad Evans, Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle. As we have come to expect with his work, it is as timely as it is deeply insightful.
Echoing Spinoza, he asks:  'How do we learn to desire that which we should find patently oppressive?  In what ways is our servitude presented to us as though it were our salvation?'"

-Forthright Radio Aug 19, 2015

"Our Man in Boston discusses Disposable Futures"

Robert Birnbaum from Our Man in Boston discusses Disposable Futures and the violence that causes our nation to be a dystopia.

-Our Man in Boston Aug 5, 2015

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

"'Writing on the Wall': Editor Johanna Fernández on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s New Book"

Johanna Fernández, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed by Susie Day about how she met Mumia Abu-Jamal, his legacy, unjust trial, writings, and why it's important to humanize political prisoners.

"Johanna Fernández first heard of Mumia Abu-Jamal—the Philadelphia journalist whose sonorous commentaries from death row had made him world-famous—as an undergraduate at a protest in the early 1990s. Mumia's analysis of racism and class exploitation immediately spoke to Fernández … When Fernández moved to Pittsburgh, to teach at Carnegie Mellon, she started visiting Mumia. So began a friendship and collaboration destined to last well beyond the publication of Writing on the Wall, a new collection of commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal, which Fernández edited. Fernández now teaches history at New York's Baruch College, and Mumia's death sentence has been commuted to life without parole—though he's facing serious illness in prison. I asked Fernández about the book and their work together."

-Susie Day, Truthout Aug 16, 2015

"Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Meaning of Ferguson"

Truthout excerpts chapter 104 from Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal, "The Meaning of Ferguson"

-Truthout Aug 13, 2015

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan

"It All Started with a 'Howl': City Lights Publishers Celebrates 60 Years"

Elaine Katzenberger, publisher and executive director of City Lights, spoke with Michael Krasny about the 60-year history of City Lights Publishers, the legacy of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the two new books being published by City Lights in the anniversary year. City Lights authors Karen Finley and Thomas Page McBee call in as well to offer their take about being published under City Lights.

"Back in the 1950s, a thin book of poetry sparked a police raid of a San Francisco bookstore and a landmark court trial over selling 'obscene' material. That book, 'Howl & Other Poems' by Allen Ginsberg, put City Lights Publishers and its owner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, on the literary map. This year, City Lights Publishers celebrates its 60th anniversary. We look back on its storied history and on its current place in the publishing world."

-KQED Forum Jul 16, 2015

"Lawrence Ferlinghetti: 'Most of the poets were on something, but somebody had to mind the shop'"

The publisher of the Beats talks about Ginsberg the showman, the Albert hall 'happening' and how one of his own poets emptied the City Lights till, all with the letters book, I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career as a guide through his multifaceted career as poet, traveler, and publisher.

-Colin Robinson, The Guardian UK Jul 4, 2015

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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights"

Lawrence Ferlinghetti interviewed by Jonah Raskin in his home about the 60th Anniversary of City Lights Publishers, his relationship with Allen Ginsberg, and what he thinks of San Francisco today.
"The heart and the soul of bohemian San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has altered the cultural landscape of readers and writers both locally and globally from his perch at City Lights, at 261 Columbus Ave. in North Beach. I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career, a new collection of letters between him and Allen Ginsberg, tracks their friendship and explores the fellowship of poets  born at City Lights Bookstore and its publishing arm, City Lights Books.

"Another new book, the 60th anniversary edition of City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, brings together poets from each of the series' 60 volumes, including Jack Kerouac as well as Ferlinghetti himself, who edited the volume and wrote the introduction."––Jonah Raskin

-San Francisco Chronicle Jul 2, 2015

"WORD Bookstores Books of the Week"

WORD Bookstores recommends the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology 60th Anniversary Edition.
"The venerable San Francisco publisher/bookseller commemorates six decades of courageous, innovative poetry."

-Largehearted Boy Jun 17, 2015

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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer

"A Poem Is a Two-Way Mirror Concealing the Page"

Jake Marmer visits with Beat icon David Meltzer, 'still performing and confounding, still showing the way' with a full profile of Meltzer, his new book Two-Way Mirror, City Lights, and Meltzer’s fascinating relationship with Jewish mysticism.

-Tablet Magazine May 4, 2015

"Wandering Jew, Eternal Beat: The David Meltzer Story"

Profile of David Meltzer who reflects on the reissue of his book, Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook, his life as a young poet, and his life as a poet now.

"Poetry means more than any single living person, save for Julie Rogers, his wife, partner and muse who aided and abetted the creation of his latest work, Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Handbook, published at City Lights by his friend and fellow ex-New Yorker, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, now 96 and still ticking and kicking."

"'I was hoping my new book would be out on April 1, 2015 in time for April's Fool’s Day,' Meltzer explained from his home in Oakland. 'But May 1 is also good since the phrase 'May Day’ is a signal of distress.’"

-Jonah Raskin, Counter Culture Magazine Jun 27, 2015

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In Search of the Movement
The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now
Benjamin Hedin

"Interview on What Matters"

Interview begins around 1 hour and 6 minutes in.

-Freedom Action Network Jul 31, 2015

"A Conversation with Benjamin Hedin"

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Benjamin Hedin about his new book In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now which profiles legendary figures from the long civil rights movement, including John Lewis, Julian Bond and contemporary leaders like William Barber II of the Moral Monday movement.

-WUNC Jul 9, 2015

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

"Kate Schatz on KQED"

"One wouldn't necessarily expect to see Angela Davis, Carol Burnett and Patti Smith featured in the same book, let alone a children's book. But that's partly the goal of Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A -Z, which celebrates radical women of all stripes. Schatz and journalist Niema Jordan join us this hour to celebrate women who have changed the world."

-KQED Forum Aug 20, 2015

"Creators of Rad Women A-Z children's book visit Big Sur"

Four years ago Kate Schatz teamed up with fellow Bay Area resident, artist, educator and activist Miriam Klein Stahl to create an antibody in the form of a book.

Aug 13, 2015

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

"Pride Month Reading List"

Man Alive included in the National Book Foundation's 2015 Pride Month reading list for nonfiction. Jun 25, 2015

"What Makes a Man"

Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive profiled along with the work of Maggie Nelson, Harry Dodge, Paul (Beatriz) Preciado, and George Miller in the context of gender "in-betweenness" and the passage of the trans subject.

"Throughout his 2014 memoir, Man Alive, McBee describes his gender identity as 'nuanced,' but also refers to himself as 'two of me.' As a child abused by a father figure, he learns to become a stranger to his body; reacquainted, at age 29, he 'knows that we are hormones: stress and sex.' He decides to start taking testosterone. Appearing on Book Circle’s podcast to discuss Man Alive, McBee says that during his transition he connected to 'stories of people having big life changes…for example, a lot of pregnant women in my life.' Like them, he didn’t know what he would see on the other side of the change; like them, he didn’t quite know, day to day, how his body would react to what he was doing."

-Sara Black McCulloch, ADULT Jun 23, 2015

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"The Melancholy Muse: Mylene Fernández Pintado on Stories, Sentinels, and Staying in Cuba"

A profile and interview with Mylene Fernández-Pintado, author of A Corner of the World, touching her life as a writer in Cuba, her U.S. tour in the Fall of 2014, and more.
"Fernández's works have been translated into numerous languages from Italian to Icelandic, but her most recent novel, A Corner of the World (City Lights Books, 2014), which tells the story of a couple with irreconcilable differences (he wants to leave Cuba; she wants to stay), is her first to be translated into English. During this historic time of changing US-Cuban relations, A Corner of the World is also one of the rare books published in the US by a writer currently living in Cuba, opening a new window into the island for American readers."

-Los Angeles Review of Books Jun 20, 2015

"9 Books About Cuba to Celebrate Normalization of American-Cuban Relations"

A Corner of the World chosen by Bustle as one of the best books about Cuba, in light of the normalization of American-Cuban relations.

-Hannah Nelson-Teutsch, Bustle

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The End of San Francisco
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

"Pride Month Reading List"

The End of San Francisco included in the National Book Foundation's 2015 Pride Month reading list for nonfiction. Jun 25, 2015


City Lights is proud to announce that Mattilda's The End of San Francisco is the winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.

-Lambda Literary Awards Jun 12, 2014